The graphic artist Xie Peng was born in Beijing in 1976. He graduated from Beijing City University with a major in photography, then went on to study oil painting at the Sichuan Art Institute, literature at the Beijing Film Academy, and history at Beijing University. He has directed an animated film, and has been editor in chief of a magazine, an exhibition planner, a university professor, and an art director for a gaming company. His animated short film,The Future, was shown at the 4Flash Animated Movie Festival and won Best Film Award, Story Category. His work Kongju was exhibited by the Shanghai Museum of Art. He now works at a gaming company in Shanghai. Darkness outside the Night is his first graphic novel.